Bobby McAlpine, Jeffery Alan Marks, Jay Jeffers
George Cameron Nash, Mark Williams
Richard Graziano, Margaret Stafford
Marilyn Rolnick-Tonkon, James Ragsdale
Robert Hughes, Christopher Peacock
Justin Moon, David Nichols, Brant McFarlain
Brooke Hortenstine, Wesley Tunnell
Brad Kelly, Brenda Schoenfeld
Richard Bettinger, Chad Bettinger
Jay Jeffers showing a winning project
Empress Gilbert, Stephanie Moore-Hager & Geoff Hager
Robert Weatherly, Cindy Kahn
Book signing at David Sutherland showroom
Karen Kuo, Betsie Weatherford, Robert Kuo
Mil Bodron, Cathy Hodges
Jane Rozelle, Samantha Olguin, Linden Wilson, Annette Lentz, Briana Buxbaum
Jeffrey Alan Marks, David Sutherland
Lea LaFortune, Bethany Reese
Doug & Lisa Robison
Gonzalo Bueno, Michael McCray
Two hundred and thirty-two entries. Seventy categories. Countless bottles of champagne. The Dallas PaperCity Design Awards with Dunhill Partners and Dallas Design District came back strong in its second year. With hundreds of projects entered by some of the most talented designers, architects, and furniture and product designers in our city, the judging process is a lengthy, meticulous affair.
This year’s top-brass names serving as judges were Jay Jeffers, who sits pretty on Elle Decor’s A-List of top interior designers, breezing into town from San Francisco; AD100 architect Bobby McAlpine, founder of McAlpine Architects, who flew in from Atlanta; and Jeffrey Alan Marks, who recently debuted his book The Meaning of Home (Rizzoli), in from L.A. All three were on the scene that night as the festivities unfolded.
Cocktails kicked things off at the showroom of George Cameron Nash. Nash, who hosted the VIP gathering with Bill Hutchinson, dashed about, ensuring that the pre-party was as marvelous as the ceremony itself. Mark Williams, along with design enthusiasts and party savants Brad Kelly, Denise and Scott McGaha, Kelli and Gerald Ford, Justin Moon, James Campbell, Ike Isenhour, Kelsey Ann Haley, Mil Bodron, Alton LaDay, and Mackay Boynton made the rounds.
Everyone was having such a smashing time chez George, that it was difficult to wrangle them out the door and on to the awards ceremony at the appointed hour. Luckily, our dear George knows all about party do’s and don’ts; he cut off the champagne and rung the proverbial gong, signaling that it was time to hop on the party bus and head to the Level Two event space for the awards presentation.
PaperCity co-owner and editor in chief Holly Moore took the dais for welcoming remarks. Special recognition was given to Rebecca Anhalt, national retail director of Christofle, as the luxury brand had graciously supplied the engraved Andre Putman-designed silver trays.
Moore also revealed the inaugural Bill Hutchinson award, bestowed upon a company or individual who has made an impact on the design community. The first recipient was the beloved nonprofit Dwell with Dignity, with founder Lisa Robison accepting the award.
Hutchinson, who owns a large swath of the Design District and has spearheaded its recreation, always has a trick up his sleeve. Out came a wand and some disappearing panties. Don’t ask. On a more serious note, he spoke to the crowd about his love for the Design District and his hope to make an everlasting impact. And we predict he will, with Sir Richard Branson and Hutchinson (doppelgangers, if there ever were) recently breaking ground for the Virgin Hotel in the district.
After the judges listed off the winning projects in 17 categories, it was time for a celebration — the strolling kind: Deep Eddy Vodka cocktails at the PaperCity Lounge and scrumptious sips from Domaine Bousquet, charmingly set up by Todd Events; a gathering with artist Robert Kuo at Betsie Weatherford’s Ellouise Abbott showroom; then book signings and chats with McAlpine, Jeffers, and Marks at David Sutherland showroom.